Note 8: People safety

Overall performance indicators for people safety show that the company continues to make improvements towards the targets set for 2015. Implementation of the people safety programs coincides with a continued decrease in the number of injuries to employees, supervised and independent contractors.

Our behavior-based safety program, which actively engages all personnel in identifying and addressing at-risk behavior, has been tailored to the needs of our non-manufacturing personnel and rolled out.

Our main performance indicators for people safety are the total reportable injury rate (TRR) and the lost time injury (LTI) rate.

Employee and supervised contractors total reportable injuries
injury rate

Employee and supervised contractors total reportable injuries, injury rate (bar chart)Employee and supervised contractors total reportable injuries, injury rate (bar chart)

Total reportable injury rate per Business Area

 

 

 

 

 

 

2013

 

2014

Decorative Paints

 

1.9

 

1.6

Performance Coatings

 

2.8

 

1.8

Specialty Chemicals

 

2.2

 

2.4

Independent contractors total reportable injuries
injury rate

Independent contractors total reportable injuries, injury rate (bar chart)Independent contractors total reportable injuries, injury rate (bar chart)

The total reportable injury rate (TRR) is the number of injuries, including fatalities, resulting in a lost time case, restricted work or requiring medical treatment by a competent medical practitioner per million hours worked. In line with OSHA guidelines, supervised contractors (SC) are reported with employees, since day-to-day management is by AkzoNobel. Independent contractors are managed by their own companies.

  • The TRR for employees and supervised contractors decreased to 1.8 (2013: 2.3)
  • The overall downward trend in reportable injuries coincides with both the implementation of our Life-Saving Rules at all facilities, and the global roll-out of the people, process and product safety programs that are part of the Safety Common Platform. Implementation was complemented by a strong focus on compliance and operational discipline, performance monitoring and enforcement if necessary. We will continue focusing on continuous improvement through these programs in order to achieve the 2020 target of a TRR of less than 1.0 for employees and supervised contractors
  • In 2014, the lost time injury (LTI) rate for employees and supervised contractors decreased more than 30 percent to 0.9 (2013: 1.3)
  • There were no employee or contractor fatalities during the year
  • Behavior-based safety actively engages all personnel in identifying and addressing at-risk behavior. This year, the program has been subject to formal review at manufacturing sites (100 percent reviewed). The process has been made specific for various types of non-manufacturing personnel and was rolled out to around half of these groups. In total, 60 percent of non-manufacturing personnel have been included (2014 ambition: 50 percent). In 2015, all remaining non-manufacturing personnel will be included
  • The downward trend extended to the TRR of independent contractors. Following the decrease of last year, the rate dropped again to 2.9 in 2014

Employee health

As well as ensuring a safe working environment and healthy working conditions, we also foster employee health and well-being, as well as managing illness-related absenteeism.

Employee health

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2012

 

2013

 

2014

Total illness absence rate

 

2.0

 

2.1

 

2.1

Occupational illness rate

 

0.2

 

0.1

 

0.2

Wellness Checkpoint use

 

>11,300

 

>13,700

 

>15,000

  • The total illness absence rate (TIAR) remained stable at 2.1 percent (2013: 2.1 percent). This is slightly higher than two years ago, due to the divestment of units with low TIAR. We continue to monitor this indicator for the whole company, aiming to stay at a level of around 1.9 percent, but will not set new long-term ambitions
  • The occupational illness rate for employees and supervised contractors stands at 0.2 illnesses per million hours worked (2013: 0.1)
  • Our voluntary health risk appraisal tool, the Wellness Checkpoint, is highly appreciated and is being used by an increasing number of employees and their families. By the end of 2014, more than 15,000 people had joined the program since its launch in 2008

Distribution and motor vehicle incidents

Distribution and motor vehicle incidents continue to be a risk to the safety of employees and contractors. Most incidents occur on the road and in countries where enforcement of traffic regulations is still developing. The total number of distribution incidents and the number of motor vehicle incidents increased slightly. Regarding the increase in distribution incidents, we saw slightly more shipping and rail distribution incidents involving the transportation of our products by third party contractors. Through our Product stewardship program (Note 10), we insist that contractors assess all risks involved in the distribution process and take the right safety measures, which involves us auditing their performance.

Distribution incidents

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2011

 

2012

 

2013

 

2014

Road

 

67

 

44

 

44

 

43

Sea

 

3

 

2

 

2

 

3

Rail

 

10

 

0

 

2

 

6

Air

 

0

 

0

 

0

 

0

Total

 

80

 

46

 

48

 

52

Motor vehicle incidents

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2011

 

2012

 

2013

 

2014

Incidents with injury

 

29

 

28

 

19

 

20

Fatalities – employees

 

0

 

1

 

0

 

0

  • The number of distribution incidents increased from 48 in 2013 to 52 in 2014. Most of these incidents (43 out of 52), occurred on the road
  • The number of motor vehicle incidents reported increased from 19 in 2013, to 20 in 2014
  • To further reduce the number of motor vehicle incidents, we raised awareness for safe driving during our annual Safety Day and we developed a Safe Driving training program to be implemented in the period 2014-2015
  • As the first step of the Safe Driving program, a Safe Driving Awareness e-learning training was launched in the second half of 2014. The training is available to all employees and is mandatory for all identified company drivers (employees who drive while at work). By the end of the year, 90 percent (close to 10,000) of our company drivers had completed this training. In addition almost 6,000 colleagues voluntarily completed the training